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TV Show: Voice, The

'Voice' recap: Hopefuls try their blind luck
By Samie Durnford, QMI Agency


The Voice contestant Dez Duron. (NBC)


The Voice continues this week with part three of the blind auditions. It’s jam packed with heartbreaking stories, inspirational journeys, and dreams that don’t quite get to come true as the judges fight to fill their teams.

First up is Michelle Brooks-Thompson, a soulful singer ready to impress the judges. After her husband’s dream of becoming a pro football player fell through, it’s Michelle turn to take a shot at her dream. It doesn’t take long for Adam, CeeLo, and Christina to turn around with her version of "Proud Mary."

“I was waiting for a crack or flaw or something,” says Christina. All of the judges think Michelle’s voice is flawless and Adam wins her over in the end.

Diego Val, a Peruvian living in Miami, survived a disease that almost left him in a wheelchair as a kid. Now, he works for a nonprofit singing in hospitals. Armed with an acoustic guitar and singing Animal, he sounds great but his voice is weak. The judges aren’t convinced, especially when he starts singing in Spanish. Eventually, CeeLo turns around and is super happy with his choice.

Singing since she was 10 years old, Lauren Brooke is inspired by her uncle who suddenly passed away. Her song of choice is Cowboy Cassanova to complement her country style. Her voice is a bit squeaky and she’s sort of boring. No one turns around.

Music teacher Suzanna Choffel wants to be on The Voice as a tribute to her students. Singing Landslide and playing the acoustic guitar, Suzanna’s voice is gorgeous. Adam instantly turns around. Blake gets a nod from Christina but holds on pressing his button a bit longer before deciding to hit it. Despite Adam’s flattery, Suzanna decides to go with Blake.

Blake also snags 16-year-old radio host Michaela Paige and also demo singer Ryan Jirovec in things we didn’t see.

A contestant from season 2 who failed to turn any chairs, Dez Duron was a big regret for Christina when she didn’t press her button. This year singing Sara Smile, Christina is the first to turn around and Blake is soon to follow with CeeLo right behind him. A much better reaction compared to last year for Dez. He’s super, super cute and his singing was amazing.

Asking why he’s on the show, Dez says he needs a car.

“I’m sure you can get a ride from the 4,000 girls here screamin’ for ya,” says Adam.

He’s a hottie and Blake compares him to AC Slater from Saved By The Bell,  then Elvis. It’s an all-out war between the judges.

“I’m pretty sure all three of them want to date you,” Adam says.

“Don’t break my heart,” Christina says right before Dez picks her to be his coach. This guy is definitely someone who will make it far, I think.

V.J. is a music student-turned-teacher who wants to take the next step in music and become a performer. Singing CeeLo’s own song, Forget You, he’s taking a bit of a risk. He mixes the song up a bit but CeeLo doesn’t look too impressed. No one ends up turning around and they blame song choice. CeeLo heads up on stage to sing a bit of his original song to show him how it’s done, and he lets V.J. finish the song one more time.

Alexis Marceaux, is a music writer who was impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Her entire house was destroyed in the storm along with pretty much everything she owned. Singing Go Your Own Way, she doesn’t look like much of a rocker but she does sounds like one. Her voice is a bit soft for the song, however. CeeLo is the only one to turn around.

Adam picked up Sam James, Christina picked up Laura Vivas, and Blake grabs Lelia Broussard in more thing we didn’t really get to see.

Classical singer, Brandon Mahone, singing I Wish It Would Rain is ready to prove to the judges that he has what it takes to win. He convinces Adam, who turns around first, followed by CeeLo and Christina. His voice has a lot of smooth soul to it and he sounds good. It’s a bit slow, but the judges loved it. Brandon ends up choosing Adam.

A valet who throws his CDs in the back of customers cars, Jeffery James has no back-up plan -- it’s The Voice or nothing for him. Singing A Little Less Conversation, he sounds good but his voice lacks power. None of the judges hit their button.

After being signed with Disney records, Jordan Pruitt has a lot to brag about. Touring with stars such as Miley Cyrus and having two big hits herself, she didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a Disney star so instead she came on The Voice. Singing The One That Got Away, she sounds like a classic pop star, but not in a bad way. It doesn’t take long for Christina to be the one, and the only, judge to turn around.

The last singer of the night is 42-year-old Terisa Griffin. Living for the music industry most of her life, she’s on The Voice to finally get her shot. Her song of choice is Someone Like You, which is a risk since most can’t sing it like Adele. She sounds really good and she’s absolutely belting it out.

Blake and Christina turn around at the final moment. Griffin asks the judges what they can do for her before choosing. She says she has one more question, and Blake invites her down to punch him in the face but she kisses him instead.

In the end, the opinionated last singer ends up choosing Blake.

Team count:

Christina: 13

Blake: 12

Adam: 14

CeeLo: 13

Tonight, the judges go against each other as they fight to fill the final spots on their team. In the end, they all need 16 singers and if they fall short, that’s it. They’ll have to compete with what they have.




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